Glanmire gears up for a huge weekend of motorcycle road racing

Glanmire gears up for a huge weekend of motorcycle road racing
Irish champion Derek Sheils on his way to winning the Grand Final at Skerries recently. He'll bring his skills to Leeside this weekend. Picture: Joe Connolly

SOME of the best motorcyclists in the country will compete on the roads around Glanmire this weekend.

The stars of Irish road racing including Derek Sheils, Derek McGee, James Chawke and Micko Sweeney will make the trek down the M8 to Glanmire for the first time since 2013 for what will draw huge crowds to the area.

The Munster 100 Motorcycle Road Races first took place in Cork City in 1940 and while the event has been on and off the racing calendar ever since the last event was held in Glanmire six years ago. 

Roads will close from 8am to 6pm for practice on Saturday and on race day from 8am until 6pm. Entry on both days is €20 and U15s go free.

Organisers, the Cork Motorcycle Racing and Vintage Club, have Keohane Citymix on board as title sponsors, while in a major move, long-term motorcycle racing supporters Carole Nash are backing the feature race, Grand Final race and will also sponsor the ‘Rider of The Meeting’. The event has received support from the business and local community of Glanmire with the intentions to keep the Munster 100 on the racing calendar for the foreseeable future.

A full programme of races, 12 in all, will take place on the weekend from 125s to 1000cc Superbikes with the nostalgic Classic machines also enthralling spectators. The track is a three-cornered, three-mile circuit and has received the positive endorsement of both officials and riders alike, making for one of the best tracks on the Motorcycle Road Racing calendar.

There will be lots of parking available nearby with shuttle buses operating to and from the track. Spectators travelling southbound on the northern approach will be directed off the M8 at junction 17 via Watergrasshill while those travelling from the southern approach and the city will be directed through Glanmire village at Dunkettle Roundabout.

The Munster 100 Cork Motorcycle Races Glanmire will attract an influx of road race fans from all over Ireland, the UK and Europe, generating a boost to the local economy while promoting Glanmire and its many attractions in the region.

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